Haris Epaminonda. VOL. XXVIII
Sep 15, 2022 – Aug 31, 2023
Curator: Lidiya Anastasova
Since 2015, the facade of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein has been made available to artists once a year as a surface for exhibitions and interventions in the public space. Changing cyclically and conceived as long-term projects, the very different artistic approaches and themes offer new perspectives in n.b.k.’s immediate urban environment.
For this year’s edition of the n.b.k. Facade project, artist Haris Epaminonda has conceived an architectural intervention that uses playful visual and conceptual shifts to subtly question entrenched social structures while suggesting possibilities for change. Extending this work is an installation at the window on the 1st floor of n.b.k., which makes further references and connections between the interior and exterior architecture.
In her diverse body of work, which includes collages, installation, films, and photography, Haris Epaminonda explores the idiosyncratic inherent life of images, their power, and logic. Re-contextualized recurring motifs in Epaminonda’s oeuvre reflect her preoccupation with archetypal forms, colors, light, composition, figuration, and abstraction. Her fascination with found imagery is evident in her distinctive visual compositions, which link times and places and create new narratives.
Haris Epaminonda (b. 1980 in Nicosia / Cyprus, lives and works in Berlin) has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Manifesta, Pristina (2022); Misk Art Institute, Riyadh (2022); Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France (2022); São Paulo Biennale (2021); Halle für Kunst Steiermark, Graz (2021); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2021); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2020); Lahore Biennale (2020); Fabra i Coats, Barcelona (2020); Secession, Vienna (2018); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2017); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2016); Le Plateau, Paris (2015); Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France (2015); Modern Art Oxford (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2010).
Haris Epaminonda was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2019, and in 2007 she designed the Cyprus Pavilion. In 2014, she received the Günther Peill Foundation Prize at the Leopold Hoesch Museum. In 2013, she won the Audience Award in conjunction with her nomination for the National Gallery Prize at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2009, she received the SB9 Award at the Sharjah Biennial.
In 2007, she co-founded The Infinite Library project with Daniel Gustav Cramer – an ever-expanding archive of books, each created from pages of one or more found books and bound anew.